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Table of Contents Life on Campus.................... 4 Academics.......................... 6 Off-Campus Life.................16 Transferring to NDNU........ 18 Financial Aid..................... 20 How to Apply/Deadlines.... 22 Visiting NDNU.................. 23 2

Undergraduate Majors Accounting (BS) Art (BA, BFA) Art and Graphic Design (BA) Biochemistry (BS) Biology (BS) Business Administration (BS) Communication (BA) Computer and Information Science (BS) English (BA) History (BA) Human Services (BS) (Evening) Interdisciplinary Studies Kinesiology (BS)

Graduate Programs Undergraduate Minors: Chemistry, Community and Criminal Justice, Dance, Environmental Justice, French Studies, Mathematics, Pre-Law, Spanish Studies Most majors are also offered as minors.

Art Therapy (MA, PhD) Business Administration (MBA) Clinical Psychology (MS) Clinical Psychology, MFT (MS) Computer and Information Science (MS) Education (MA) English (MA) Systems Management (MSSM) Marriage and Family Therapy (MA) Musical Performance (MFA) Public Administration (MPA) School Administration (MA) Special Education (MA)

Liberal Studies (BA) Musical Performance (BFA)

Teaching Credentials

Nursing (2+2)

Education Specialist

Philosophy (BA)

Multiple Subject

Political Science (BA)

Single Subject

Psychology (BA)

Administrative Services

Religious Studies (BA) Sociology (BA) Theatre Arts (BA)

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Who are we? Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving 2,000 students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU is the fifth oldest college in California. The University is fully accredited and offers 40 undergraduate, graduate and teacher credential programs. The historic 50-acre campus is located on the San Francisco peninsula in Silicon Valley in the foothills of the Pacific Ocean. Take in views or social hot spots that surround the campus. It’s a great place to discover yourself.

What can you expect from an NDNU education? Smaller class sizes averaging 17 students, personal attention, quality courses and instructors, and a wide range of majors. Our professors don’t just teach; they are committed to help advise and mentor you through your college journey. Our location offers learning opportunities and internships that can’t be found elsewhere. 3

Live Here

Dozens of organizations are on campus and are open to all students. They span academic, ethnic, sports, social, and community engagement interests. And fun is always easy to find.


Activities include: • Local bands • Outdoor Activities • Theatre productions • Spring formal • Sporting events • Music and concerts

• Community service • Weekly movies

Living on Campus Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. Why? Because learning to live with roommates and within a community are essential life skills. We offer traditional residence-hall living, a suite-style residence, and on-campus apartments. Flexible meal plans let you choose your meal schedule, and good food is always served in the Dining Hall. There are counseling services and spirituality resources available to students. The Academic Success Center offers free integrated learning and support services. Professional staff members, peer tutors and faculty work together to promote a supportive learning environment.




Basketball Cross Country Golf Lacrosse Soccer

Basketball Cross Country Soccer Softball Tennis Volleyball

NDNU’s mascot, the Argonaut, is named for Jason and the Argonauts

≥ mythical brave explorers

who searched for

the Golden Fleece


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NCAA Division II Pacific West Conference Approximately 23 percent of NDNU undergraduates play a varsity sport. Our teams compete at the NCAA Division II level in the Pacific West Conference, which includes teams from California, Utah and Hawaii. Individual athletes also win local, regional, and national awards. If you hope to be a recruited athlete and perhaps earn an athletic scholarship, visit the NDNU Athletics website for more information.

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Chart Your Course Personalized Advising You’ll have an advisor to meet with regularly to provide counsel on academic options and to schedule courses so that you can complete your degree on time. Can’t decide on a major? Many students choose double majors and still finish in four years. Faculty mentors and the Career Center offer career guidance, job opportunities, and help guide you along the way. Internships NDNU offers internships that allow you to explore career opportunities within your area of study before you graduate. Through an internship, you can apply “real life” experience to your academic learning. An internship will help you better define and target your career goals, as well as make you a stronger candidate for jobs after graduation. 6

Don’t worry if you haven’t chosen a major. You can begin exploring as soon as you arrive on campus. We’ll help you find a program that fits your goals and interests. The NDNU Core Curriculum will provide you with a solid academic foundation, while you gain exposure to a wide range of subjects. On-campus activities, clubs and events allow you to explore new directions, develop your talents, and exercise leadership abilities. Once you choose, you are not limited to one program   —   you can double-major or minor in subjects from different NDNU departments.

Your NDNU Team: Faculty Friends


Did you know? NDNU was founded in

Support Services Alumni

1851 California’s 5th oldest college

and first in California authorized to grant degrees to women.

Career Services Center Career Counseling


Study Abroad Office of Spirituality

Leadership Programs

Programming Board

Health Services Sister Dorothy Stang Center


The NDNU Career Services Center offers tools and resources to support your learning experiences and career exploration. We can help you discover your unique gifts and design your future through career counseling, information resources and on-campus events. You can also find job and internship listings, reference materials and a friendly staff dedicated to helping you discover your future. 7


Arts and Humanities

Create and Inspire. Notre Dame de Namur’s intimate environment supports a well-rounded experience that is hard to find at large universities. Here, students have more opportunities to work in front of an audience or behind the scenes. They gain broad exposure and practical experience while studying with faculty members who are working professionals  —  as well as internship and performance opportunities with other top local professionals. Even if you do not major in the arts, our campus location between San Jose and San Francisco provides a terrific laboratory for inspiration that improves any area of study. You’ll develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for human creativity, social responsibility and spiritual development   —  and learn how to apply them throughout your life.

Undergraduate Majors Art (BA, BFA) Art and Graphic Design (BA) English (BA) Musical Performance (BFA) Philosophy (BA) Religious Studies (BA) Theatre Arts (BA)

Minors: Dance, French Studies, Spanish Studies Graduate Degrees and Certificates


English (MA) Musical Performance (MFA) Certificate: Performance

Behavioral and Social Sciences Here, the world is your laboratory. Our strong behavioral and social sciences programs allow you to explore topics on a deep level and then put theory into practice through handson learning. History and Political Science students gain broad understanding of political, economic, social and intellectual issues while developing analytical, organization, research and writing skills. Sociology majors work on community projects, while Psychology students prepare for graduate work in various fields. NDNU is the only school in Northern California to provide a graduate program in Art Therapy, and the only one in the U.S. with an Art Therapy PhD.

Undergraduate Majors History (BA) Psychology (BA) Political Science (BA) Sociology (BA)

Dr. Don  —  Taking it to the streets with experiential learning.

Minors: Pre-Law, Community and Criminal Justice Graduate Degrees and Certificates Art Therapy (MA, PhD) Clinical Psychology, (MS) or MFT (MS) Marriage and Family Therapy (MA) Certificate: Clinical Gerontology

Will  ill, Class of 2014 W Major: Psychology, French Interdisciplinary Studies “NDNU has taught me how to communicate better with others and apply organizational skills. I’ve really learned how to balance it all with my classes, my job and my role as a student leader. M  y degree will give me a wide array of career paths. I can easily become a psychologist, but I can go into human development, human resources, corporate psychology, higher education, and much more. I am also a French interdisciplinary studies major, so I can actually do all of this in another country, if I choose! I think the expansiveness of my degree will really help open more doors for me.” 9


Natural and Physical Sciences

Are you intrigued by natural phenomena? Fascinated by the inner workings of software? Looking for High Touch or High Tech? NDNU is the place to explore questions like these. You’ll gain an appreciation for all forms of life while becoming an inquiring, insightful, critical thinker and a successful professional. Biology, Biochemistry, and Kinesiology programs build a strong foundation for graduate studies; professional schools in allied health, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine; or to prepare for careers in biotechnology, coaching, physical therapy, or teaching. The Computer and Information Science program emphasizes the latest software engineering approaches to Internet, software, and networking applications.

Undergraduate Majors Biochemistry (BS) Biology (BS) Computer and Information Science (BS) Kinesiology (BS) Nursing (2+2)

Minors: Chemistry, Environmental Justice, Mathematics Graduate Degrees and Certificates Computer and Information Science (MS) Post-Baccalaureate, Premedical Certificate





total full-time equivalent (FTE) faculty

Student-to-teacher ratio:

12:1 17 Average class size:

Kevin, Class of 2013 Major: Biology “My favorite elements of NDNU are the school’s cultural diversity and small size. Being involved in the many clubs and sports on campus enabled me to connect with people on a more personal level, while still working toward a common goal. This is a skill I’ll need, because I want to work in the medical field after I graduate. The benefit of being on a small campus is that you get to try a multitude of experiences not possible at a larger campus. By joining the Bonner program at the Sr. Dorothy Stang Center I was able to work directly with the community.” 11

Business and Management Innovate and lead. Managed institutions impact the world in every imaginable area of human endeavor, and they need effective, skilled leaders to achieve their goals. The School of Business and Management offers degrees to prepare you to enter the job market, including Accounting, Business and Communications. Each of our academic programs requires field experience with an internship directly related to your major before you graduate. Corporate and Organization Partnerships At NDNU, you will put learning into practice and build important relationships. Our strategic location in Silicon Valley gives you unparalleled opportunities for research and internships with leading corporate partners, such as Oracle, EASports, Applied Materials, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Genentech, and the Red Cross of San Mateo. Guest speakers visit the campus throughout the year. Honor Societies Sigma Beta Delta is a prestigious international Honor Society that recognizes academic achievement and hosts several events on the campus throughout the year. NDNU hosts a chapter of Lambda Pi Eta — the official Communication National Honor Society. It recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement and encourages professional development. 12

Other Resources The Cotchett Business Studio features technology resources for enhancing team projects. NDNU’s award-winning student newspaper, The Argonaut, gives Communication students hands-on writing and editing experience, although all interested students are welcome to join the staff. Undergraduate Majors Accounting (BS) Business Administration (BS) Communication (BA) Human Services (BS) (Evening)

Minors: Human Services, Business

Administration, Accounting, Communication Graduate Degrees Business Administration (MBA) Systems Management (MSSM) Public Administration (MPA) Clubs Biz-Com is a club for Business and Communication students that helps link theory and practice. The club offers career and entrepreneurial opportunities and forums.


Christine   Christine, Class of 2013 Major: Business Administration

“I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and transferred from a community college. I never thought I would be able to pursue a business degree and get such a high level of hands-on training until I heard about NDNU. NDNU was able to offer me even more than state colleges. The counselors were extremely helpful in ensuring that all of my general education units transferred, and as a result, I was able to graduate a semester earlier than I anticipated.” 13


Education and Leadership

The School of Education and Leadership at Notre Dame de Namur University has earned a reputation for excellence in teacher education. California school districts call the NDNU School of Education regularly to seek interns because we offer one of the most highly respected programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Liberal Studies Liberal Studies brings courses together from across NDNU’s schools to provide a breadth of knowledge. You will also concentrate in one area to gain scholarly depth. Many Liberal Studies graduates go into teaching. If you plan to teach, you will earn your teaching credential and fulfill your student teaching requirement during your fifth year at NDNU. You can earn credentials in special education, administrative services, a single subject or multiple subjects.

Undergraduate Major Liberal Studies (BA)

Graduate Degrees and Credentials Education (MA) School Administration (MA) Special Education (MA) Teacher Education (Credentials) 14

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Education Specialist Credential Multiple Subject Credential Single Subject Credential Administrative Services Credential

Coming Soon — Fall 2014* We anticipate introducing a liberal studies bachelor’s degree that integrates the multiple subject credential, with the requirements of both programs being completed in four years. *Pending board approval


Did you know? NDNU teacher preparation programs have produced thousands of highly qualified teachers who now serve throughout California and around the world.

7% 14% African-American


Asian-American/ Pacific Islander

27% 29% 3% 1% 19% Caucasian



Native American


  Ashley, Class of 2012 Major: Psychology “NDNU made it possible for me to get all the classes I needed and take ones that I hadn’t considered. Unlike my friends who attended larger universities, I was able to graduate on time. I was offered an assignment in the Peace Corps based on my degree and skills that I acquired at NDNU. If you want to double major, volunteer, start a club, then NDNU is the place to be.”



Explore the World from Here

Few other regions of the country have so much to offer within a relatively small geographic area as the San Francisco Bay Area  —  and NDNU is conveniently located right in the middle of it all. From San Francisco to San Jose, and from the East Bay to the Pacific Ocean, you’ll have access to the best cultural, outdoor, recreational, and technological opportunities anywhere.

Cultural Activities Concerts Theatre

Music Events Art Museums

Outdoor Activities

Hiking Surfing Cycling Mountain Biking Skiing Kayaking Beaches Running

Sports and Recreation


San Francisco 49ers, SF Giants Oakland A’s, Oakland Raiders Golden State Warriors San Jose Sharks Napa and Sonoma Valley Culinary innovation Monterey Bay Aquarium Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Annual festivals Competitive races


Silicon Valley: Home to world-famous technology companies and the Tech Museum, Biotech and green technology.

Getting Around

• Air: Take weekend trips along the west coast or to the southwest through one of three international airports. • CalTrain: Walk less than a mile to the Belmont CalTrain or bus station for quick access to San Francisco, San Jose, or points in between. • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART): Trains and buses provide connections on both sides of the San Francisco Bay Area.

NDNU Students Study Around the World Opportunities abound for students at NDNU who wish to spend a summer, semester or year abroad. Students from a wide variety of majors have attended programs in Fiji, Australia, China, Africa, Italy, England, Ireland, France, Spain, Mexico and Semester at Sea. In addition, students studied in Boston at our sister college, Emmanuel, and in Washington, D.C. on internships through American University. Students can choose from varied programs to study at universities throughout the world and receive credit toward graduation. Studying abroad helps you understand world issues, learn a foreign language, and experience other cultures first hand.

The Sister Dorothy Stang Center The Sister Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement is the hub for community engagement activities on the NDNU campus. Built upon the example of Sr. Dorothy Stang, who advocated for the poor and for land rights in rural Brazil, the Center seeks to pick up where Dorothy left off and serves as an agent for positive social change. Through collaboration and partnership, the Center provides opportunities for the NDNU community to not only become aware of social and environmental issues, but to become directly involved in making a difference through service learning. The Center organizes our annual Call to Action Day, a campus-wide service-learning activity held in March, as well as several speaker events throughout the year featuring individuals like author Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., and activist Dolores Huerta, who are instrumental in social justice.

Oumou Oumou, Class of 2013 Major: Political Science “I want to be a leader who can cause positive change in the lives of as many people as possible. I believe that I can only affect this change by first building character. I feel blessed to attend a university founded in the Catholic mission of service and leadership where this type of cultivation is encouraged and made possible. I like the ease of communication with others coupled with the small class sizes. My favorite professors possess a charisma, interest, and way of teaching that elicits intellectual and spiritual growth in me personally.� 17

Ready to Transfer?

University Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing


Transfer students make up about half of the entering undergraduate class, and we offer special orientation programs for you. You’ll quickly meet classmates and make friends. We also make it simple to transfer, with no AA required. You can transfer in with any number of units, and we accept transfer students for each term. Check with your counselor to see if your college has a transfer agreement with NDNU. Admissions staff can easily evaluate your records and let you know which courses will transfer and approximately how long it may take to complete your degree at NDNU. You can transfer up to 78 lower-division semester units, most upperdivision units, and AP, IB and CLEP exam credits. Most transfer students still have at least a few general education classes to complete when they transfer to NDNU. We believe you should begin your major courses as soon as you are ready. Many NDNU students take both major and core curriculum courses each year. You and your advisor will work out a reasonable schedule each semester to make sure that you get the courses you need to graduate on time. 18

California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

NDNU Alumni As a graduate, you will become a lifetime member of the Alumni Association of Notre Dame de Namur University   —   over 12,000 strong. The Alumni Office helps alumni stay connected with each other and with the university. As a member, you have access to the NDNU Online Community and to the NDNU Alumni Association group on, which enables you to network with fellow alums, find classmates, recommend colleagues or search for a new job. The Alumni Office also sponsors class reunions, Alumni and Family Weekend and campus and regional events. Once an Argonaut, you are always an Argonaut and a member of the NDNU family.

Our Graduates: • First teacher in space, NASA astronaut • CFO, Clif Bar • Associate Vice President for Research Administration, Stanford University


• Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis • Pathologist, South Carolina • Physician serving Native Americans in New Mexico

• Field Sales Force Trainer, Hewlett Packard • Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter • Winemaker, Gallo of Sonoma • Ph.D. Studies, Howard University • Director of Catholic Charities, Santa Rosa • Faculty, Art Department, UC Davis • Church Art Restorer, New Mexico • Graduate Study of Collaborative Piano, Manhattan School of Music • Elementary Teacher, Los Angeles • Disability Services Counselor, College of San Mateo • Reporter and Staff Writer, The San Francisco Chronicle • Career Counselor, Cañada College

Rachel, Class of 2011 Major: English “My four years at NDNU helped shape me into the person I am today. Majoring in English helped me to think critically, minoring in Music allowed me to express my creativity, and playing on the women’s basketball team strengthened my character and work ethic on and off the court. My student leadership role sparked a passion for a career in Student Affairs, and developed my leadership capabilities, and prepared me for graduate school. I will always be proud to be an Argo.” 19


Financing Your Education

More than 90 percent of NDNU undergraduates receive some form of financial aid. Funding sources include federal and state grants, NDNU grants and scholarships, federal student and parent loans and federal work-study assistance. Academic and merit awards are based on academic achievement, test scores, activities, demonstrated leadership, and community service. Entering freshmen and transfers are considered for a variety of institutional scholarships ranging from $2,500  to $26,000. To estimate your award amount or for more information, go to financial-aid.

Need-Based Financial Aid Need-based financial aid is available to United States citizens and permanent residents. Financial need is not a factor in our admissions decisions  —   we review financial information only after you have been admitted to NDNU. A financial aid package may contain: • Federal and state grants • NDNU grants and scholarships • L ow-interest federal student loans and parent loans • Federal work-study assistance • F ree financial education services for money and loan management (SALT)



2,000 1,183


Total students

Undergraduates 66% Female | 34% male


Graduate students 74% Female | 26%male

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States represented

Academic Scholarships These awards are based on academic achievement, test scores, activities, demonstrated leadership and community service. Entering freshmen and transfers are eligible to compete for a range of scholarships: • Ralston Presidential Scholarship • Provost Scholarships • Belmont Scholarships • Emerging Artist Talent Scholarships • Athletic Scolarships • International Student Scholarships

$26,000 $16,000 Up to $11,000 Up to $9,500 Varies Up to $6,000

Visit to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Enter the NDNU code #001179. For information regarding the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) disclosures for NDNU, please go to Quick Links @

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Tuition 2013 – 2014 Annual Undergraduate Tuition:


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Complete an application online by visiting and following the links under Admissions. NDNU accepts the Common Application. Complete the following with your application: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Submit an application and essay Provide an official high school transcript Submit SAT or ACT scores Letter of recommendation

We make every admission decision based on your entire file. The most important considerations include the academic courses you have taken and your grades in those courses; activities and leadership experiences; how you balance work and academics; and the essay. Test scores are used only to validate grades, courses, and experiences. We also award advanced standing for those completing Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations and examinations within the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.

Transfer Students In addition to the application, please provide transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. If you’ve earned fewer than 30 units, you must submit your high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. For specific information about acceptable credits, application requirements, and the transfer process, please visit the NDNU website or speak with a transfer admissions counselor.

Priority Application Deadlines


NDNU is a rolling admissions institution, but recommends the following priority deadlines: • Fall Freshman Early Action and merit-based scholarships: December 1 • Fall Freshman Priority: February 1 • Fall Transfer Priority: April 1 • Spring Admission Priority: November 15

International Students NDNU defines an international applicant as a citizen of a country other than the U.S. and who will be studying in the U.S. on a temporary visa. Please visit the NDNU website under Admissions for International Admissions information.

Is Notre Dame de Namur University the right place for you? By visiting NDNU, you will discover all that we have to offer to help you decide. Choosing a major is just the beginning, but finding a campus that fits you is the key. We think what we have to offer may be just what you are looking for. We encourage you to visit and see for yourself.

Visit Us

Campus tours and visits are available year-round. Call the Admissions Office at (800) 263-0545 or (650) 508-3600 at least two days prior to your visit date. We’ll show you around and arrange an appointment with an admissions counselor. If you would like to sit in on a class, visit with a coach or faculty member, or try out the café, let us know when you call. For information about scheduled preview day events for new and transfer students, more details about programs, requirements or classes, visit us at We look forward to meeting you! 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002 (800) 263­–0545 email:

Find us on Facebook! (NDNU  Belmont) (@NDNU) Take a virtual tour of NDNU:

Conveniently located within 30 minutes of three international airports and within a mile of the bus and train station. For driving directions or out of town guests who need lodging, go to visitors.


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Office of Admissions 1500 Ralston Avenue Belmont, CA 94002

Opening Doors. Engaging Minds.

NDNU 2013 Viewbook  

Information regarding programs and admission for Notre Dame de Namur University.

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